Woody Walks, Water and Gardens
‘ Epic trees, wonderful gardens and noisy waterfalls then in between some of Perthshire’s best scenic landscapes. ’
Perthshire didn't earn its title of Big Tree Country for nothing, it has the most amazing and diverse selection of trees of anywhere in Scotland. Not only that but the locations of many of the tree and plant species are equally stunning in themselves. This tour may also include private garden visits that are on restricted opening depending on overall timing and the seasonal displays.
A day out in the woods often produces a few surprises, sometimes due to weather, sometimes due to the flowers and fauna at particular times of the year but more often than not due to the wildlife.
This tour will be tailored to suit your hotel location and your personal interests / preferences. Refreshment and lunch stops are planned for places of interest or good viewpoints.
Meet up and collection at your Hotel.
- Scone Palace Pinetum and Gardens (Walk - terrain - made paths on the level)
Home garden of the plant hunter David Douglas with a collection of over 60 trees from around the world with some of the best examples of giant redwoods, spruces, pines and hemlocks. There is also beech hedge star shaped maze to test your patience.
- Kings Seat and the Dunkeld Larches (Walk - terrain - made paths on the level)
A circular route along the bank of the River Tay to spot around 30 different species of tree. Of real note are the Pedestal Larch and Parent Larch, the great Noble Firs and a non shedding Holmes Oak
- The Bruar Falls (Walk - terrain - rough rocky paths, moderately steep climbs)
An easy ramble up through the pine trees of Baluain Wood, for views of three crashing waterfalls on the River Bruar as it runs through a series of deep ravines.
- Blair Castle Gardens (Walk - terrain - made paths, mostly on the level)
Visit the grounds and gardens of a traditional highland Perthshire castle, seat of the Dukes of Atholl since the 1400’s. Choice of easy walks; around the Hercules water garden or through the majestic trees in Diana’s Grove to the ruined kirk where Jacobite leader Bonnie Dundee, killed at Killiecrankie, is buried.
- Queen’s View - Loch Tummel (Photo stop)
From an elevated viewpoint take in the stunning views down the loch to the conical peak of Schiehallion (The fairy mountain of Caledonia). One of the most photographed views in Scotland and deservedly so.
- Faskally Wood (Walk - terrain - made paths, mostly on the level)
A short circular walk around Loch Dunmore, through the pines and larches of Faskally Woods. The tree colours in autumn are truly spectacular. Used as a location for Outlander.
- Pitlochry (Photo stop)
From the new Visitor Centre view the impressive dam with its unique salmon ladder. The man made Loch Faskally behind the dam forms part of the extensive Perthshire wide hydro power generation network
- Black Rock and Loch Tay (Walk - terrain - forest paths with steep climbs)
A short but steep ascent of Drummond Hill, one of the last habitats of the elusive capercaillie, to a viewpoint over the village of Kenmore and Loch Tay. Well worth the effort!!
- Cluny House Gardens (Walk - terrain - rough made paths, some moderately steep climbs)
A rambling natural hillside garden with a collection of unusual trees and plants. Definitely one of the best places in Perthshire to see red squirrels
- The Birks of Aberfeldy (Walk - terrain - rough made paths, some moderately steep climbs)
A short riverside walk through the beech and birch (‘birks') woodland which surround the tumbling Moness Burn to reach ‘Rabbie Burns’ bench. After his visit to the woods Burns wrote the poem ‘The Birks of Aberfeldy’ and made this beauty spot famous forever.
- The Hermitage (Walk - terrain - rough paths, mainly level)
A leafy, riverside walk through Craigvinean Forest along the River Braan to a folly known as Ossian’s Hall which overhangs a dramatic, noisy waterfall (Black Linn Falls), salmon can be seen leaping in season.
Return to your Hotel
The price for this tour is £165 per person.
This price includes:
- Collection and return to your hotel
- Luxury tour transport
- Mid morning coffee and shortbread
- Al-fresco picnic lunch (see menu)
- Mid afternoon tea and pastries
- Entry fees at tour visit stops
- Tour information pack
Tour timings are flexible to suit your day though normally within the window;
Pick up 9.00am
Approx tour mileage is 115 miles (185km)